| Aug 24, 2013
When library trustees in north suburban Morton Grove learned that a 16-year-old employee would oversee the showing of an R-rated film at the institution, some of them requested that an adult take over the job.
The incident represents another page in the...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Deerfield and Highland Park librarians consider their buildings to be bastions of free thought, and have few regulations on children reading or viewing adult content.
It's up to the parents to decide what's appropriate for their children, said Mary...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
Many years ago, I convinced the now-shuttered Chicago Daily News to send me from Chicago to Washington to join the paper's D.C. bureau.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row members with the...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 6:59 AM
"RED 2," the in-one-eye, out-the-other sequel starring Bruce Willis, received a PG-13 for its "pervasive action and violence" and "frenetic gunplay," according to the Motion Picture Association of America's rating description. I love that they went out of...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The Weinstein Co. will have the chance to make its case Friday over naming rights to Lee Daniels' "The Butler," two and a half weeks after Warner Bros. won an arbitration over the title.
The hearing comes four weeks before TWC is set to open the film,...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The NYT reports A few years ago, 3-D was hailed as the next big thing in television, the logical successor to high definition. But viewers in the United States did not buy the hype, and now the eye-popping format is......
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:16 PM
WILMINGTON, Del. — Here in a small test kitchen on a dead-end street downtown, some of the food world's greatest minds are at work. Their task might seem impossible, but they believe they can make a difference for millions of Amtrak riders, one...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:41 PM
The "Hangover" movies, even the third one no one defends, barely qualify as comedies in the traditional sense. They're more like grimy action pictures with a joke or two tossed in to avoid the charge of false labeling. Their ugliness of spirit compounds a...
| May 30, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Legendary Pictures' Chinese venture Legendary East has been looking for a partner to produce a slate of tentpole titles in China since parting ways with distributor Huayi Brothers in January 2012. It's now found a key one: China Film Co.
In a multi-...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 10:13 PM
WASHINGTON -- Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:37 AM
Coming soon to a theater near you: China's Communist Party.
From demanding changes in plot lines that denigrate the Chinese leadership, to dampening lurid depictions of sex and violence, Beijing is having increasing success in pressuring Hollywood...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 2:34 PM
In the Book of the Dead, the barbed-wire-wrapped volume causing the fuss in "Evil Dead," one lavishly illustrated page states that after the forest demon "feasts on five souls, the sky will bleed again." Translated into franchise terms: If this grim,...